Quilting on the Oasis


Join Stitchin' Heaven and friends on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from quilting experts: Debbie Caffrey, Charlotte Angotti, and Karen Montgomery.

May 30 - June 6, 2015

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, even on sea days, because of the head-spinning array of activities that run from dawn to dusk and beyond! The ship's entertainment staff offers an intriguing blend of options, and everyone, from the most traditional passenger to the completely contemporary traveler, will enjoy something.During the day, if you don't want to sew, you'll find plenty of activities, such as bingo, dance lessons, horse racing, art auctions, Mr. Sexy Legs contests, bridge play, and art & craft workshops.

Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. Enjoy a lively venue for nonstop gaming action all within the Casino Royal. There's also Studio B, featuring ice shows; the five-story Broadway-style Opal TheaterBlaze Nightclub; and Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco. Or simply enjoy a leisure stroll throughout the Solarium with its sparkling indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area featuring a retractable roof.Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.As usual, we bring you several quilt projects to work on, taught by amazing and talented instructors and designers in the world of quilting: Debbie Caffrey, Charlotti Angotti, and Karen Montgomery!

Your cruise is sure to be unforgettable:

  • Stitchin Heaven Travel communication updates
  • A Welcome Aboard Meeting
  • A Stitchin' Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • T-Shirt for each quilter specific to the cruise
  • Quilt Giveaway courtesy of Stitchin' Heaven
  • Optional pre-cut Sail 'n Sew fabric kits
  • Every quilting guest takes all the classes offered - no picking and choosing classes and being disappointed you did not get the class you wanted
  • Classes are done on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  • Classroom is open 24 hours a day for plenty of free time sewing
  • No packing up and moving, the teachers will come to you
  • Bernina 330 sewing machines (You'll have your own Bernina 330 sewing machine for the week!)
  • Osilo Pro Smart Irons
  • Free spool of Aurifil thread
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Plenty of classroom support
  • Photo of the entire group
  • Onboard quilt shop is provided on most cruises
  • Lots and lots of door prizes and other great surprises on every trip!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 330 Bernina machine equipped with the extended table, a quarter inch foot, and an open toe foot.  There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home. Visit the Bernina website to see the amazing features of this great machine!

During our sewing classes, we will be using spools of Aurifil™ thread. Each cruiser will be provided a free spool of 50wt. thread. Aurifil™ thread is perfectly suited for every quilt project. Learn more about this wonderful thread at www.aurifil.com.

Also during our sewing classes, we will only be using Oliso® Pro Steam Irons. This ain’t your momma’s steam iron! This professional-grade steam iron features award-winning technology and was designed with quilters in mind. Some of the features included are a pointed detailer tip and flat pressing area, three-way steam, the ability to perform as a dry iron, and an extended auto shut-off. We love this iron and you will too! You can view the full line of Oliso Smart Irons online at www.oliso.com

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Debbie Caffrey • www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Debbie Caffrey • www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of thirteen books, dozens of patterns, and more than 200 mystery quilt patterns. Her fourteenth book, Surprise Yourself!, is co-authored with Charlotte Angotti. 

Debbie began teaching energy-filled workshops in 1983 while living in Alaska. She has been teaching nationally and internationally since 1994. In 2000 she moved back to New Mexico.

Debbie brings efficient, precise, and contemporary techniques to making quilts. Her patterns reflect an updated look inspired by traditional pieced designs. While based upon tradition, her inspiration comes from many sources. Art, architecture, culture, nature, and cuisine are just a few of the things in New Mexico that inspire designs and fabric selections for her quilt. Another thing that inspires her quilts is her love for puzzles of all kinds: crossword, jigsaw, Sudoku, logic puzzles, “Whodunnit” mysteries, etc…

Charlotte Angotti • www.quiltmakersstudio.com

Charlotte Angotti • www.quiltmakersstudio.com

While shopping with her mother in 1978, Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed form there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class in a most humorous way.Charlotte has been teaching quilt making since 1979...because someone asked her to teach them. Her first quilt was sold right after making it and she has sold her quilts ever since. She owned a quilt shop in Virginia Beach, VA from 1981- 1999. She began teaching nationally in 1991 and has taught for many large shows as well as small groups. Along with her kit business, Quilt Maker's Studio, she now teaches and lectures full time and lives in Conway, SC. She has 11 patterns, and a book written with Debbie Caffrey. She is known for her humor, her way with fabric/color and her pre-cut kits, Charlotte believes her hobby is quilt making and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does. 

Projects

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Projects

Debbie Caffrey's Oasis of Dreams

Debbie Caffrey's Oasis of Dreams

Debbie Caffrey has designed another one of her beautiful mystery quilt exclusively for our trip! We have hosted mystery quilt events using Debbie's patterns many times in the past and have never been disappointed.  Her designs are creative, accurate, and intriguing. Our mystery teacher will be on hand to guide you through the process. There will be three color choices for this quilt: Happy Brights (hot pink, orange, and lime green), Tuscany (rich reds, golds, and greens), and black, white, and red.

Karen Montgomery's Gone Scrap Crazy

Karen Montgomery's Gone Scrap Crazy

You will LOVE the way Karen teaches her original pattern Gone Scrap Crazy. It will feature Karen's Scrap Crazy Template Set from Creative Grids which has reached the Top 10 Best Selling Notions list! This tessellated design will go together like a dream! The templates combine to make an 8 inch Crazy patch style block. The color placement of your scrap fabrics creates the design. Due to the nature of the project, the Sail N Sew will include 10" squares that will be cut down with the templates in class. Click here to watch the Scrap Crazy Template video.  Karen's Scrap Crazy Template is included in the Sail N Sew Kit for this project!

Charlotte Angotti's Surprise on the Oasis - Mystery Quilt

Charlotte Angotti's Surprise on the Oasis - Mystery Quilt

Charlotte Angotti is best known for her ready to sew mystery kits with prepared and cut fabric along with the ease of her methods. She is a humorist, making her classes light and full of humor but informative as well. Charlotte will keep you laughing while teaching you the magic of quilt making. She is a delightful refreshing treat and a sellout wherever she appears! 

Due to the nature of Charlotte's mystery class, if you choose to take her class the special fabric kit is required. 

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack

This kit will have all the fabrics you will need for each of the three projectsOur incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric packs include all of the fabrics for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! 

If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, remember to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.  A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. Sail ’n Sew Fabric Packs will be billed approximately 90 days prior to sailing.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

The Ship

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The Ship

Experience the ship that revolutionized cruising, Oasis of the Seas®— its groundbreaking design introduced seven distinct neighborhoods built for ultimate enjoyment. Hop on a classic carousel on the Boardwalk®, then watch acrobats splash down in the AquaTheater, the first amphitheater at sea. Let imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids' area at sea—or at the Pool & Sports Zone, where you'll find FlowRider® surf simulators and zip line views. Unwind with a stroll in Central Park®—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants—or melt away stress at Vitality Spa. Jazz up your evening with Broadway hit Hairspray, or hit the Royal Promenade for memorable moments with DreamWorks® Experience characters. Join us onboard the ship that changed cruising – a world where innovation rules. There is everything under the sun here. You can play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court; enjoy four pools and ten whirlpools; A tranquil poolside Solarium area; mini-golf; and a Zip line. Feel like working out? Then you will enjoy a fully equipped workout facility and fitness center, with 158 state-of-the-art cardio and resistance machines. Also available are palates, kickboxing, yoga, and spinning classes.With 25 onboard dining venues to cater to any craving, going hungry is not an option. To make your mouth water, here are just a few!The new Solarium Bistro: On Oasis of the Seas®, let the starlit ocean sky set the mood after dark, when the Solarium pool transforms into a fine dining destination. Explore a menu of inspired, sumptuous dishes that embrace healthful living through healthy eating.Dive right in to a hearty, seafaring meal on Oasis of the Seas®' Boardwalk at Seafood Shack– start with appetizers like crab cakes, coconut shrimp or sweet potato fries, then dig into fish and chips or the fresh-off-the-hook catch of the day. A la carte pricing. Located in the Pool and Sports neighborhood, is the Wipe Out Café, a casual self-service buffet with pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads; Chops Grille is Royal Caribbean's popular signature steakhouse, featuring grade-A premium cuts of steak cooked to your specifications, plus fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and signature desserts in an upscale, contemporary setting; and Izumi Asian Cuisine features a sushi bar. 

Pricing

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Pricing

Cruise prices includes the Royal Caribbean Cruise, stateroom, fine dining,
exciting on-board entertainment, all quilting classes, group activities and parties.

Staterooms are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$995*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,095*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,295*
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $270.70 are not included.
*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Please call for other occupancy pricing.
*There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which
will secure your price and availability.

Travel Information

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Travel Information

Cabins

With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will just use your cabin for changing and sleeping, but it's nice to know that if you want to spend more time there, you will indeed be comfortable. All standard staterooms are attractively decorated in soft tones with fine light woods and two pieces of artwork on the walls. Each stateroom has two beds that convert to queen-size, a private bath, phone, interactive flat-screen TV, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning/heat controls. Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, and showers have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors as opposed to clingy curtains. Soap and shampoo are also provided.

Travel to and from Destination

Travel to and from Destination

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Galveston, TX.

Dress

During the day, dress is casual. Evenings are either casual, smart casual or formal. On casual nights, suggested attire is sports shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. On smart casual evenings, men should don jackets and tie, with women wearing dresses or pantsuits. On the one or two formal nights per cruise, men can choose from tuxedos or suits and ties, while woman usually wear cocktail dresses.

Gratuities

Gratuities are not included in your reservation costs. Royal Caribbean recommends $3.75 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $5.00 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $7.25 if you're in a suite); and $2.15 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Also recommended is $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. Since we are classified as a group on the ship, Stitchin' Heaven Travel is required to pre-pay these gratuities for our entire group.  This is equal to $12 per person per day and will be added to your cruise costs. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.